Westland Heating & Air Conditioning Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Furnace’

The Right Pick: Choosing a Gas or Electric Furnace

Monday, December 2nd, 2019

Furnaces are the most common type of heater in the United States—that’s a fact. But. which kind of furnace is more common or well-suited for your home? Well, that’s a little bit more complicated of a question. Furnaces can either be powered by electricity or natural gas, and the decision you make is going to, hopefully, impact your home for the next 10–15 years. So, wouldn’t you want to make the right decision?

If you’re unprepared for the needs of your particular type of furnace, you could be seeing some expensive furnace repair in Avon, OH. One type of furnace might not be the type that fits your home, so it’s fairly important that you’ve got at least a little background on the different types of furnaces and which one fits your living situation.

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The Ultimate Gas Furnace Safety Checklist

Monday, November 18th, 2019

We’d all feel a lot safer at night if we knew for certain that our gas furnaces were working at peak efficiency and were as healthy as can be. While that can’t always be the case, using a safety checklist for your furnace could be the closest you can come. If you’ve ever stayed awake at night hearing your furnace make odd noises, or brooding over the fact that you haven’t scheduled furnace maintenance in years, then you might want to take a good look at your heating system.

Essentially, gas furnaces are safe systems. Regardless of whatever rumors you might have heard, most gas furnaces are incredibly safe to use and can provide efficient and effective heating with only a little yearly maintenance required. But it’s generally a good idea to be aware that there is a combustion process happening in your home, and that you know it’s all happening in good condition. Otherwise, you might need to call some professionals for furnace repair in Westlake, OH.

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Heat Pump or Furnace: Which Is Right for Your Home?

Monday, October 21st, 2019

Unfortunately, there isn’t a right or wrong answer to this question. If you are looking for a straightforward answer, we’re sorry to disappoint you. That’s because HVAC in Westlake, OH isn’t clear-cut; our winters are cold and our summers are warm. Living in a climate like ours isn’t easy for heating or cooling because the temperatures can vary so greatly.

Since Ohio is right on that line between moderate and extreme cold during the winter, we’d like to take a second to talk about the heating options available and what they mean for you and your home. If you’re in the market for a new heating system, you’re probably used to seeing both furnaces and heat pumps advertised in the Westlake area.

So, let’s break down each type of heater with some pros and cons, and make sure you’re informed when it comes to deciding the system that’s right for you.

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Heating Maintenance Benefits Older Furnaces (Even When They’re New)

Monday, March 26th, 2018

heating-maintenance-servicesWe’re reaching the end of heating season, even though there are still plenty of cool days left before the weather really starts to warm up. This is the right time of the year to schedule a maintenance session for your heating system and give the technician a chance to look it over for any damage that may have been incurred over the winter. This is especially the case for older heating systems, which suffer more from the wear and tear, but it can serve as a preventive measure for new systems as well.

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Don’t Wait for a Breakdown to Call for Furnace Repair

Monday, December 4th, 2017

furnace-repair-serviceHeating season is well underway and temperatures are going to get a lot colder as winter approaches. You’ve likely been using your furnace for some time now, and soon enough you’ll be using it every day. Heating is far more than a luxury in our neck of the woods, and if yours is having a problem, you need to get it treated right away. It can make a great difference not only in terms of getting the repairs made in a timely fashion, but in the costs involved as well.

Unfortunately, most homeowners tend to wait until the system breaks down before calling in repairs. We all have busy lives to lead, and the immediate pressures of work and family can often take priority over something like the heating system. Unfortunately, this can be an expensive mistake. You shouldn’t wait for the system to flat-out stop working before recognizing a problem and calling in a repair service.

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The Benefits of Furnace Service

Monday, September 25th, 2017

heating-maintenance-servicesCool weather has returned, and many homeowners in the area are already using their furnaces to keep their homes warm in the face of dropping temperatures. Now is an excellent time to have your furnace serviced by a trained technician. It can provide a number of benefits that will pay off throughout the winter, and now is the perfect time to do so, while the weather is relatively warm. Doing so will allow you to enjoy many benefits.

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Is Your Heating System Ready to Go?

Monday, August 28th, 2017

heater-comfortable-homeWe’re still experiencing high temperatures on a regular basis, but with the approach of Labor Day, it’s time to look forward to the fall, when your air conditioner can have a rest and your heating system will be counted on to keep your home comfortable. Now is an excellent time to make sure the heater is ready to go, so that you don’t encounter any serious issues when you need it to perform.

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How to Choose a New Furnace

Monday, February 27th, 2017

Heating__dreamstime_xl_28529517_2-meWe’re still in the throes of winter here in Ohio, but spring starts in less than a month, and while cool weather will likely continue, we’re on the tail end of the need for our heating systems. If your furnace is on its last legs, you can probably set up a replacement in the off-season to get a new one put in. There are a number of advantages to doing so. Since you won’t need your heater and can arrange for the replacement according to your schedule, instead of rushing the way you would if an old heater breaks down for the last time in the middle of winter.

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Causes of Low Air Flow in Your Heater

Monday, November 7th, 2016

Many homes in the Rocky River, OH area rely on forced-air furnaces to keep warm in the winter. They work by generated heat via a series of burners that warm the air through a heat exchanger, then blow the warmed air through your ducts with a fan. It’s a reliable and efficient system, but it can still run into trouble from time to time. Only a qualified repair technician can properly identify a problem with your heating system and make repairs, but certain common symptoms often crop up that will alert you to the problem. With forced-air furnaces, this includes a reduced flow of air through your ducts. Here’s a quick breakdown of why that happens and how it causes problems for your system.

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Safety Mechanisms on Furnaces

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

Gas-powered furnaces once had a reputation as potentially dangerous installations because of the threat of carbon monoxide leaks and explosions. However, contemporary natural gas furnaces are much safer than older models, and as long as you make certain that your home’s furnace receives regular maintenance check-ups and prompt repair work, you shouldn’t expect to encounter serious dangers from it. Always leave repair work to HVAC professionals who are experienced with how the different models of furnaces operate. You can count on the NATE-certified technicians at Westland Heating and Air Conditioning to help you whenever you require repairs or maintenance for your furnace in Avon, OH.

Today’s furnaces have a number of safety mechanisms, which differ from model to model. Here are some of the more common ones:

  • Thermocouple: Standing pilot lights are only used now on water heaters, but if you still have an older furnace with a standing pilot, its main safety device is a component called a thermocouple. This pair of metallic strips detects the heat from the pilot light and sends a current to keep open the gas valve to the burners as long as it stays lit. Should the pilot light go out, the thermocouple closes the valve, preventing unburned combustion gas from flooding the chamber.
  • Electric flame sensor: Since standing pilot lights are now rare, electric flame sensors are used to determine if a heat source exists to burn the gas when it enters the burner. Computerized controls only ignite the gas when necessary, making newer furnaces far safer than older units.
  • Limit switch: The limit switch is located on the plenum inside the furnace and detects when the furnace’s temperature rises too high. When the temperature exceeds the limit switch’s upper level, it shuts off the gas and turns on a blower fan to reduce the temperature. When the temperature drops down to safe levels again, the limit switch permits the burner to come back on.
  • Solid state circuitry: Should the temperature in a furnace continue to rise due to constant overheating, the circuitry will shut off the entire system.

Modern furnaces have more safety controls then ever: some may have four different mechanisms. Although this makes furnaces safer, it also makes it even more important that you only allow experienced professionals to handle any repairs for the system. Technicians must be familiar with all the different controls in a furnace so they can determine why the furnace malfunctioned, and later restore the safety mechanisms to working order.

At Westland Heating and Air Conditioning, our heating repair and maintenance technicians are experienced and certified to see that you receive the best care possible for your furnace in Avon, OH. To keep your home warm and safe, rely on our services. Give us a call today.

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